Friday, November 21, 2008

Found a good e-mail in my inbox

A few posts ago I shared with you my beautiful pottery that I broke and glued back together.  I was going through my e-mail inbox and cleaning things out and printing out e-mails that were neat.  This one stuck out to me and I thought I would share it.  It goes right along with the theme of my life:

Crack Pot

     An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck  One of her pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.  At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.  For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.  
     Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.  After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
    "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."
     The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?  That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and everyday while we walk back, you water them.  For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."
     Each of us has our own unique flaw.  But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

I just thought this was such an interesting story.  I don't have time to write my thoughts about it at the time, but I will when I have time.  I just had to get this posted while I was thinking about it.